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Facebook’s 3D photos are here

In May during its F8 conference, Facebook announced that it was working on a feature that would take a typical 2D picture and make it appear three-dimensional when posted in the News Feed. Now, it's beginning to roll out 3D photos to everyone, allowi...

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After throttling firefighters, Verizon praises itself for “saving lives”

Enlarge / A firefighter in a Verizon ad touting the carrier's commitment to public safety. (credit: Verizon) Verizon is touting its commitment to firefighters and public safety in a new ad, released weeks after Verizon throttled the Santa Clara County fire department while it was fighting California's largest-ever wildfire. "From coast to coast and everywhere in between, people rely on us to ensure they can communicate when they need it most," Verizon said in an introduction to the new ad. "Our innovations and technology allow first responders to do their jobs. What we do saves lives." The ad, titled "Enabling heroes," received a chilly reception on YouTube , leading Verizon to disable comments and voting on the video. The video is still being panned in a Reddit discussion . Read 11 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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This tech (scarily) lets video change reality

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have created a method to turn one video into the style of another. While this might be a little unclear at first, take a look at the video below. In it, the researchers have taken an entire clip from John Oliver and made it look like Stephen Colbert said it. Further, they were able to mimic the motion of a flower opening with another flower. In short, they can make anyone (or anything) look like they are doing something they never did. “I think there are a lot of stories to be told,” said CMU Ph.D. student Aayush Bansal. He and the team created the tool to make it easier to shoot complex films, perhaps by replacing the motion in simple, well-lit scenes and copying it into an entirely different style or environment. “It’s a tool for the artist that gives them an initial model that they can then improve,” he said. The system uses something called generative adversarial networks (GANs) to move one style of image onto another without much matching data.

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